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The Writers’ Union of Canada welcomes membership applications from authors who are traditionally published and self-published

All membership decisions are made in confidence. Click here for detailed information about membership eligibility.

Please note: Former members wishing to rejoin do not need to reapply. Please email info@writersunion.ca to complete the rejoin process

Traditionally published authors

Every application must pass before the Union’s membership committee for approval. For traditionally published applications this process usually takes two to four weeks (though it may take longer in some cases).

Please select your preferred application method:

If mailing your application, please send to:

The Writers’ Union of Canada
600-460 Richmond St W
Toronto, ON M5V 1Y1

Please ensure your application is complete and includes payment before submitting. In the event of an unsuccessful application, your membership fee will be refunded.

Self-Published Authors

Every application must pass before the Union’s membership committee for approval. For self-published applications this process usually takes six to ten weeks (though it may take longer in some cases).

Self-published application decisions take into account a book’s professionalism and commercial intent. The process includes a peer review assessment that considers evidence of professional editing, cover design, and layout. If you are submitting a digital copy of your book, please ensure the quality of the digital copy or scan is professional and that the entirety of your book is in a single file, including covers and illustrations.

Please select your preferred application method:

If mailing your application, please send to:

The Writers’ Union of Canada
600-460 Richmond St W
Toronto, ON M5V 1Y1

Please ensure your application is complete and includes payment before submitting. In the event of an unsuccessful application, you will be refunded 50% of the membership fee. (Due to the additional processing required for self-published membership applications, a 50% administrative fee is deducted.) You will be charged at the time your application is received. If your application is not successful, we will issue the refund.

We look forward to receiving your application!